Smartphone producers normally tout improved digicam options and different specs, however a brand new participant within the US market is banking on social accountability.
Murena’s Fairphone 4 is constructed from “pretty sourced and recycled supplies” by employees paid a residing wage, in line with the Dutch producer.
Obtainable in Europe since 2021, the machine has now landed within the US, powered by Murena’s /e/ working system, a modified tackle the Android OS that Murena says is designed to guard person privateness.
In an announcement, Fairphone CEO Eva Gouwens referred to as the launch “an awesome alternative for us to pilot promoting units within the US … and study extra concerning the American market.”
The Fairphone 4’s modular design makes it straightforward to restore and customise, thereby suspending a full improve: The battery is detachable, and the digicam array, USB-C port, loudspeaker and physique are all particular person parts, with alternative elements obtainable to US prospects on the Murena web site. The corporate says repairs might be made with a regular screwdriver.
Even the Fairphone’s five-year guarantee outstrips the iPhone’s standard one-year guarantee.
The telephone market has matured to the purpose the place firms do not actually have something new to supply, Murena CEO Gaël Duval instructed CNET in an electronic mail, “only a few extra megapixels on the digicam.” (For what it is price, the Murena Fairphone 4 includes a twin 48MP rear digicam and a 25MP front-facing digicam.)
“With sustainability and privateness mixed, we’re answering new and rising market wants,” Duval added. “Who actually wants extra megapixels whereas the planet is heating and the local weather is altering so quick?”
The Fairphone 4 is the one choice within the US market that is TCO Certified, a sustainability certification for IT merchandise that examines socially accountable manufacturing, environmental impression, person well being and security, product lifetime extension and different components. It additionally carries the German authorities’s Blue Angel label, awarded primarily based on sturdiness, power effectivity, recyclability and emissions.
The telephone does not even include a USB wire, plug or headphones, as Murena says it needs to encourage prospects to make use of equipment they have already got round the home.
Past sustainability, the Fairphone is a standout in person privateness. Whereas Google has paid tens of millions to settle knowledge privateness and location-tracking lawsuits, Murena says its /e/ OS is a DeGoogled model of Android.
“We do not scan your knowledge in your telephone or in your cloud area, and we do not monitor your location hundred occasions a day or acquire what you are doing along with your apps,” a statement on the company’s website says.
You possibly can nonetheless obtain Google apps if you’d like, The Verge reported, however Murena claims it snags them straight from the Play Retailer with out giving Google your private particulars.
There are some tradeoffs, together with the selection of carriers: Utilizing a Fairphone 4 with anybody moreover T-Cell is “just isn’t really useful,” in line with Murena.
There’s additionally the wait. Per the Murena website, the telephone is at the moment solely obtainable on backorder.
Pricing for the Fairphone 4 begins at $629 for 128GB of storage or $699 for a 256GB machine.